“Please no closer, mom…”


My dog is, if I do say so myself, is genetically superior. Descended from long lines of sweet, obedient and wickedly smart Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, he is smart, devoted, and hard-working (as long as he gets his beauty rest!) He is, however, missing one pretty crucial and breed-defining characteristic: he despises getting wet. If it is raining (which is rare these days, California seems to be in a permanent drought), he eagerly waits for me to put on his raincoat, huddles close under our large golf umbrella (when I can use it, it’s hard with strength and coordination issues to manage both dog and umbrella!) and generally hopes this wetness will be over soon. Somewhere, his water-retrieving ancestors are ashamed. He can lay by the pool on a loose leash with no fears he will jump in. I think he tries to pretend the water isn’t there! I see photos of doggie pool parties, and wonder what would win out: peer pressure or lack of desire to get wet?!

We spent last weekend at the beach, I ventured into the water a bit (mostly the pool, the ocean was a bit cold!), Cassius kept watch from the safety of his blanket, undoubtedly hoping that he would not be required to do anything involving getting wet. Luckily for all involved, he ended his weekend dry and relaxed.


But his look in the first photo is hysterically accurate “The nice warm sand is perfectly fine – please no closer to the water, mom…”

New York State of Mind

Just got back from a few days in NYC – saw lots of great shows, went to my favorite places and a few new ones, and just enjoyed the city. Saw a few good shows – Murder Ballad, Kinky Boots, and Matilda. None were earth-shattering, but they were all a fun night out at the theatre.

New York isn’t the easiest place for someone with some mobility issues (I walk down stairs at a snail’s pace!) but it’s always worth the struggle and pain to experience everything I love about it.

My attempts to photograph the Murder Ballad theatre failed, so these are the Matilda and Kinky Boots marquees – along with a quick shot of the beautiful set design before the show.
I did eat some healthy food, too (really!)
Dog at the WTC site, carriage and police horses. Love seeing contented working animals.
Freedom Tower, Central Park from the Met rooftop, Schubert Alley.
Amazing children’s book exhibit at the NYPL
Crab is a big hit. Hopefully this one will take a bit to destroy!

Missed my dog terribly, and although he enjoyed his time at my parents’, I think he’s happy to be home! (And even happier with this new toy!)

I got sick at the end of my trip, so I’m not doing much today since I can’t exactly breathe right now. Looking forward to some relaxing dog walking when I am able to, I missed it so much! I did see a few guide and service dogs in New York, which made me happy.

Cassius and I will probably end up there next summer, after the Moebius Syndrome Conference in DC. I think I’ve been convinced to present about CCI/service dogs, just gotta find a local puppy raiser (with adorable puppy, of course) to come and be adorable with us!